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Vote for the “Star Wars Holiday Special”

StarWars.com Team | November 17, 2008

When the holiday season hits, do you grab some egg nog and gingerbread mem, then plant yourself in front of the TV to watch your favorite Christmas specials?

The Paley Center wants to know which holiday specials you love the most. They have listed the 30 of the best from the Paley Center collection and want you to vote for your favorite. Cast your vote between November 10 and December 3 for your top five, and share a brief comment about why each program means something special to you.

The top five specials with the most votes will be screened at the Paley Center in New York and Los Angeles between December 10 and 24, 2008.

On the list are the usual suspects like “A Charlie Brown Christmas” and “Frosty the Snowman,” but you can also vote for the cult classic “Star Wars Holiday Special” as well! So get out there and vote!

VOTE HERE: Poll: Pick Your Holiday Cheer

Be sure to check out all our coverage this week of Star Wars Holiday Special” on Starwars.com!

Robot Chicken Back With More Star Wars

StarWars.com Team | November 14, 2008

Robot Chicken Strikes Back With More Star Wars

The Emperor, Darth Vader, Boba Fett, and the rest of everyone’s favorite Star Wars characters are back with more laughs and plenty of inside hardcore fan details in Robot Chicken: Star Wars Episode II. The special airs this Sunday, Nov. 16 on Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim at 11:30 PM. Starwars.com chats with Robot Chicken creators Seth Green and Matthew Senreich about what fans can expect from the new episode as well as special guest star appearances. Seth also talks about his upcoming directorial debut for his comic book The Freshman.

EXCERPT:

Any notable guest star voices you’d like to mention?

Seth: Carrie Fisher is in the show, which is awesome.

Matt: Billy Dee Williams came in and knocked it out of the park for us.

Seth: We got to record Billy Dee before, so we had kind of a rapport with him. And this was just… I can’t tell you how much I love Billy Dee Williams. He is so awesome. The tracks he gave us are outrageous. We even wrote a whole sketch for the proper season where Billy Dee himself encounters a fan at the supermarket, we loved him so much.

Ahmed Best came in to do Jar Jar. I can’t even express how talented that kid is. Abe Benrubi came back to do our Darth Vader.

Matt: Seth MacFarlane is in it again as the Emperor. Breckin Meyer is Boba Fett again. Seth: Donald Faison makes a great appearance as Gary the Stormtrooper.

Is this the first time you all have worked with Carrie Fisher for Robot Chicken?

Seth: This is the first time she’s done Robot Chicken, but I’ve worked with her before on Austin Powers and we’ve met a bunch over the years. She was great! She was really game and very fun, and totally engaged in the material.

Matt: She said if George Lucas could do it, she could do it.

Full interview here:
Robot Chicken Strikes Back With More Star Wars (Starwars.com)

Tina Fey as Princess Leia?

Bonnie Burton | November 7, 2008

Next time you want to get excused from jury duty, try dressing like Princess Leia. In this week’s episode of the hit show 30 Rock (Season 3: Episode 2 – “Believe in the Stars”), Liz Lemon (played by Tina Fey) gets out of jury duty in Chicago by doing just that.

“I never get put on a jury. I wear my Princess Leia costume and they dismiss me immediately.”

Sure enough, she wears the classic A New Hope garb to jury duty and says in a rather bizarre accent: “I don’t think it’s really fair for me to be on a jury because I can read thoughts.” “DISMISSED!”

Hologram News Coverage from CNN

StarWars.com Team | November 5, 2008

During last night’s election CNN unveiled their hologram technology to beam in correspondents Star Wars-style. Think of Anderson Cooper as R2-D2 and Obama supporter and musician Wil.I.Am as Princess Leia (minus the hair buns) and you get the idea. As Wil.I.Am says, “I’m being beamed to you like it’s Star Wars and stuff.”

Cooper and Wil.I.Am weren’t the only ones using the holograms to chit chat about the election. CNN new correspondent Wolf Blitzer also gave it a go.

Check out Cooper and Wil.I.Am as they geek out on CNN here:
WATCH VIDEO:
CNN Can’t Stop Pimping Its Election-Night Holographic Toy

(via io9.com)

New Fanboys Poster and Trailer

StarWars.com Team | November 3, 2008

With the new movie poster and trailer for hitting the web, fans are that much closer to seeing the final edit of the film everyone’s been talking about — Fanboys. Take a look at the trailer and get ready to laugh it up, fuzzball!

WATCH VIDEO: Fanboys trailer (via Trailer Addict )

Bones Name Drops Sith Lords

Bonnie Burton | October 10, 2008


(Actor John Francis Daley on Bones)

Watch enough TV and you’re bound to notice a few Star Wars references. In Season 3 of the hit FOX crime show Bones, the team contemplates the Sith Lord and Apprentice relationship in conjunction with the Widow’s Son serial killer. Actor John Francis Daley, who Star Wars fans might remember as the lead in director Patrick Read Johnson’s film 5-25-77, now called ’77, also plays psychological profiler Dr. Lance Sweets on Bones. He’s also the character who clues in the Squints and FBI Special Agent Seeley Booth about the Star Wars connection.

SCENE DIALOG:

“It’s like the Sith Lords, man, there’s always only two of them.” – Dr. Sweets
“Did you just Star Wars us?” – Agent Seeley

The Sith conversation occurs around 17:30 in the episode.

WATCH FULL EPISODE: Bones:The Knight On The Grid

Boba Fett on “The Simpsons”

Bonnie Burton | September 30, 2008

For the Season 20 premiere of “The Simpsons” Homer Simpson teams up with Flanders to become a bounty hunter. So of course Boba Fett makes an appearance during the show’s opening sequence.

Oh, and Marge gets a job at an erotic bakery, hence the title.

You can watch the full episide on Hulu.com here:
WATCH VIDEO: The Simpsons – “Sex, Pies and Idiot…”

Read more about Star Wars references in “The Simpsons” here:
I Bent My Wookiee! Celebrating the Star Wars/Simpsons Connection (Starwars.com)

Star Wars in The Venture Bros.

Bonnie Burton | September 24, 2008

Watch the Adult Swim cartoon series “The Venture Bros.” long enough and you’re bound to catch a few Star Wars references.

The Monarch’s Henchman 21 buys a lightsaber from Dr. Venture at a yard sale. Brock and the Venture clan dress up as Star Wars characters for a party. H.E.L.P.eR robot channels his inner R2-D2. Even Nien Nunb makes an appearance.

VIDEO: Venture Bros. – Star Wars Montage

“How I Met your Mother”: Dating a Star Wars newbie

StarWars.com Team | September 22, 2008

Those of you who have ever dated someone who’s never seen Star Wars might find the season premiere episode of “How I Met your Mother” rather interesting.

Synopsis:
All the guys on the show — Ted, Marshall and Barney — are all huge Star Wars fans. You may remember Barney had a life–sized stormtrooper in his apartment in Season 2! And they are shocked to find out that Ted’s current girlfriend has never even seen the movie. They are not sure if their friend Ted can be with someone who never saw Star Wars. And hilarity ensues.

VIDEO: How I Met Your Mother Asks The Eternal Scifi Love Question

More info on “How I Met Your Mother”.

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Hiro Channeling Anakin for “Heroes” Season 3

StarWars.com Team | September 19, 2008

“Heroes” actor Masi Oka revealed that his character Hiro Nakamura could very will be like Anakin Skywalker by turning to the dark side in the next season of “Heroes” called “Villains.”

Here’s an excerpt from the interview:

Is Hiro tempted to turn evil this season?
Well, I’ll throw in Anakin Skywalker in there.

Is Hiro’s character going to get darker?
Possibly. Every character has to grow. Hiro kind of lost his innocence in some sense so it’s kind of hard for him to gain that back. Maybe he will somehow, we don’t know. But I’ll throw in another Anakin Skywalker reference as well.

Watch the full interview here:
VIDEO: BuddyTV Interview with Masi Oka

Also check out our interview with Masi Oka about his “Heroes” character and its parallels to Star Wars:
A Hero’s Journey: Masi Oka (Starwars.com)

The new season of “Heroes” starts on Monday, Sept. 22 on NBC. Stay tuned to Star Wars Rocks for more interviews with the “Heroes” cast and crew!